I Got a Fevah…

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After weeks of speculation (and days of hyping it more than a new Lady Gaga CD), I’m finally breaking down and writing about the coronavirus. For those of you who have been living under a rock lately and aren’t familiar with the story (and for that I am eternally jealous), the coronavirus is a viral strain that appears to have started in China and has the potential to wipe out all life on Earth for centuries to come…or maybe it’s just like the flu. There are certain symptoms related to it, such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, being overly pessimistic about the way the government is handling the situation, and being enough of a jerk to wish people of different political ideologies would contract it.

The first three are symptoms of people who have coronavirus. The latter two are symptoms of people who watch waaaaaaaay too much cable TV and Internet.

Seriously, the coronavirus has turned seemingly normal people into frothing-at-the-mouth lunatics whose humanity is more in question than Shawn King’s lineage. (As an aside, Shawn, I’m a Midwestern guy, and have more legit street cred than you do. Take your cul de sac cred and admit you’re Edgar Winter with some blush applied.) I have seen people on the Left wishing this on President Donald Trump and people on the Right wishing it on Nancy Pelosi, and few people outside the ideological Thunderdome are calling it out because then they would get targeted by these groups.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the media are hyping the story at every turn, even managing to put a little top-spin on their reporting to make the coronavirus outbreak look like it’s President Trump’s fault. Granted, some of the actions he’s taken on it have been slow and seemingly ignorant, but for someone who is thought of as being a fighter, the President hasn’t really been fighting back. He’s let the media paint a narrative that makes him look like, well, Donald Trump, or at least their version of him.

And when the media aren’t trying to Simon Bar Sinister up the President, they’re rushing out stories that would make H. P. Lovecraft cower in a corner asking for a plush C’thulu to hold. In turn, this worries people who still trust the media and sends them into a panic, buying up surgical masks at prices that could only gouge you more if they were literally screwed onto your face. And when there are shortages, the media report the shortage, which drives even more hysteria and worry. It’s gotten so bad, people are on record (seriously, I fear) as saying the coronavirus is caused by Corona Beer. If this is what the media are doing now, I can only imagine what will happen during Sweeps Week!

In trying to wrap my head around the various moving parts of this story, I came to one conclusion: this is not normal, kids. This is as far away from normal as I am from winning Mr. Universe, unless they start judging dad bodies instead of musculature. Then, I might have a shot. And after reading what people post online, I need a shot of booze to steady my nerves. And remember, a good number of these people can legally vote in the upcoming Presidential election. The tension is mounting to real-estate-brokers-trying-to-sell-property-along-the-Gaza-Strip-for-nothing-but-commission levels.

In fact, I’ve coined a term for what’s going on right now on the Left and Right where they treat each other worse than Ike treated Tina. I call it Coronavirus Fever. Put simply, it’s hypochondria with multiple social media platforms on blast. To determine if you have Coronavirus Fever, answer these simple questions:

–  Do you find yourself Tweeting every single news item you hear about the coronavirus to people who are friends of friends of friends so they can be up on the latest hot takes?

– Are you boycotting Panda Express, not because their food sucks, but because you’re afraid they’re in league with the Chinese government to spread the coronavirus here?

– Are you checking WebMD every 15 minutes to determine if you have the coronavirus and being relieved when you think it only says you have cancer?

– Have you started drinking hand sanitizer to fight off the coronavirus?

– Has the CDC blocked you on social media for “asking too many questions”?

If you’ve said yes to any or all of these, you have Coronavirus Fever. Oh, and you’re an idiot. Do you know the most effective way of fighting coronavirus or a good chunk of illnesses for that matter?

Wash your hands.

I’m not saying to take it to Howard Hughes levels, but use a little common sense, soap and water, and hand sanitizer (on your hands, not your innards). And if you feel sick, even a little, stay home and rest. Whatever it is you think you have to do today will still be there tomorrow. And for the love of Pete, think before you post! Not every nugget of what passes for news these days is important, and not everybody in what passes for news is trustworthy. Read up a bit, take a breath, figure out if what you’re intending on posting will help or hurt the situation, and act accordingly. (No, this does not mean post anyway.)

If you do these things, we will find a cure for the Coronavirus Fever in our lifetimes. Just in time for something else to kill us all. Cheers!

We can, but let’s not

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Leftist memes all have one thing in common. A deliberate noted false premise or conclusion. So in this article we will examine another one from Social Media and expose the fraud within it.

This particular one has a lot of incorrect language usages. This is a tactic of the Left. They change the meanings of words to control the thoughts and minds of the common people. We will correct some of these first before diving into the meme as a whole.

Healthcare is not the same thing as health insurance. Unfortunately these two terms are used interchangeably due to the manipulation by the Left. Healthcare is receiving medical attention when required due to illness or injury. While health insurance is the usual method used for payment of the healthcare that was received.

So with that correction to the language lets expose the Leftist fraud presented in the meme.

Other countries, places that don’t have the same values or culture, have socialist and non-socialist aspects. Among these aspects are universal health insurance, this is taxpayer funded without the private sector. Instead of a board of directors determining the payouts to medical professionals the legislature determines what the payouts will be to them. And even who gets care as its not worth the taxpayer’s money to fund a transplant to an elderly patient. This has happened in these other countries that have universal health insurance.

I am opposed because I don’t want my taxes used to fund the poor health and lifestyle choices of someone else. It was their choices that lead to events of poor health or injury. They need to pay it themselves.

Higher education, aka “college”, which isn’t always necessary in some industries is again paid through taxation in the “free college” of other countries. This means that little Jimmy down the road gets to go to whatever college he wants to attend and my tax money pays for it. Even if I don’t have children. Why am I paying for his education?

The other 3 points on this meme are misleading. In the United States we have paid vacations, paid maternity leave, and multiple political parties. Why are they here? To mislead the reader in thinking that they don’t exist and the Left is always out to divide and conquer.

The amount of time and qualifications for paid vacations and maternity leave are determined by your employer. This is based on a ton of different factors that generally are unknown to the average person who doesn’t run a business. And if you don’t like what your employer is offering then you can do something about that. You can attempt to negotiate to a more desired outcome, you can get another employer that offers the desired benefits, or even go into business yourself and set your own terms.

As to the multiple political parties. We have those already. Now the United States has what some call a 2 party system but that is misleading. We have, by tradition, only 2 major parties. And we have had them since the beginning but we aren’t limited to those parties

They have come and gone and that can be an article of its own at a future date. But multiple parties exist. If you favor one over the majors by all means support it. Run for office under it. Get it out there so it can grow. Maybe it will become more mainstream that way. It takes work, time, and people to grow a political party. Create the momentum and see what you can do with it.

And lastly we aren’t propagandized or convinced that we can’t have socialist aspects here. We already have many of them and just don’t want any more. Socialism doesn’t work. History is the best teacher of this fact. Every other country that has embraced socialism has caused the death of its own people. Lowered the standard of living and created poverty on wide scale. It crushed individual freedoms and liberty.

There is a reason why the United States is the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. We have avoided most aspects of socialism instead of embracing them. Let’s keep it that way.

Childish Social Media

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On social media there is a growing trend of users who get upset with you when you comment on their public posts. I guess they don’t understand what social media is all about. So here is a primer.

Social media is first of all social. That means not just you but a group of people. If you don’t have any friends or follower on social media what would be the point of sharing something.

Social media secondly is about sharing. Your likes, your dislikes, your political views. Your faith or lack there of. Your vacation pictures. The pictures of your children, grandchildren, or pets. You can share your pet peeves, favorite recipes, and so much more.

With social media you can share these things and a lot more instantly. You can share them with your friends, your family, your co-workers. And it can be shared by their friends, family, and co-workers as well. And even further to people you may not even know yet.

So I am surprised when someone gets upset with something they shared with the entire world. Not everyone is going to like or agree with things that you share.

This needs a solution and I have it. It’s very simple too. If you find yourself upset over comments made on something that you shared with the world then you need to get over yourself first. You did share it. What did you expect?

If you don’t want any comments or don’t like the comments you get. Well, it is your page or wall. Feel free to delete them, but they might come back if you do. The better solution is to not post anything that you don’t want commented on in the first place. Everything posted on social media is subject to comment. Not all comments will be positive.

Looking at Facebook, you do have options on who a post is shared with … this too can help limit the comments. Use this instead of posting it to the whole world of “public”. Post it so only you can see it.

Just don’t complain that it’s your page or wall when a comment is something you don’t like. That is childish.

Bomber Facts

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When the story broke on the arrest of the alleged mass bomber and his name was given to the public. I did my own sleuthing into his background via the internet.

Various background sites all reported the same information. The alleged bomber lived in Florida, he was in his 50’s, and he was registered as a Democratic party voter.

Within hours of his arrest the news media and social media posts were all reporting that the alleged bomber was a registered Republican party voter and supporter of President Trump.

I returned to those background checking websites and refreshed the data. Sure enough all of them had been changed. If I didn’t see this with my own eyes I would call it a conspiracy theory. But this isn’t theory. This is fact.

Likewise on social media, the alleged bombers information was either altered or simply removed from view. This clearly shows the truth has been hidden and altered by the Left leaning social media owners. What was hidden? The alleged bombers anti-Trump views and that he was a Democratic Leftist supporter.

These two facts alone prove beyond all doubt that the mainstream and social media sites are firmly under the control of the Left. There is no true reporting of the facts and just the facts. There is only the Leftist approved propaganda stories.

Social Media Evolution

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Social media keeps changing. Twitter, Facebook, and others are increasingly hostile to those that express conservative views and even actively suppress them. Google Plus has announced it is sun-setting the consumer (personal) pages. It looks like Facebook has won that war for now. But it’s not over at all.

I think with all the negativity that exists with the Social media giants and their security issues, data breaches and mining concerns, and their ability to limit speech by those with a different political agenda, will be their undoing.

Blogging is on the rise and continues to grow daily. New blogs rise up everywhere on every imaginable topic. And I also think we will see a return to the internet forums as well.

I personally have several of each. And I am a member of several more on top of that. My wife checks different blogs every day on topics that interest her.

Of course the difficult task is finding these blogs and forums that are within your varied interests. Internet searches can give bad results or no results depending on the search engine used and the keywords themselves.

But they do exist. And if they don’t, they can easily be created by someone who wishes to bring it life with their passion. Fortunately technical wizardry is not required to do this in today’s age.

So find us. Join us. Create your own and invite us. Let the word of each be spread far and wide.

Social media is coming to an end.

Troubles with Twitter

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Normally every post on this blog is sent to Twitter which should also automatically sent it to Facebook. However some time ago Facebook made a change and that broke the connection to Twitter.

We have attempted to regain that link but it is not working at this time. And requests to Twitter have basically been ignored by Twitter. Perhaps because the majority of posts from this blog are conservative in nature and Twitter is known to silence conservative voices.

For right now we do not have a workable solution to get the posts automatically to Facebook. But we will attempt to get them now to Instagram which is a popular social media outlet. And one that is increasing in popularity as well.

Maybe this will help with our circulation and we can have more readers to our site.

 

Can We Cool It With the “Hot Takes”?

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We live in amazing times from a technological standpoint. A little over 20 years ago, people were just starting to navigate the Internet like a nervous driver’s ed student. Now, our phones have more computing power than the PCs we had back in the 90s. But no matter what era of technology we are in, there are two constants. One is porn. The other is people being stupid on the platform, which sometimes goes hand in hand with the first.

Today’s technology in the area of social media has given rise to on-the-spot reactions to events both important and mundane. But it has also given rise to users thinking their words are somehow vital to the culture and must be heard. That leads to what is mockingly called “hot takes,” which are comments and ideas that are so unnecessary and/or stupid (again, hand in hand) that you have to wonder if the people making them have any self-awareness whatsoever.

Within the past couple of days, we have seen takes so hot you need get firefighting gear just to experience them live. The death of Senator John McCain, the shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, the Brett Cavanaugh nomination for the US Supreme Court, and untold other stories bring out the worst of those who could have left well enough unheard.

Of course, there will be some who say it’s their freedom of speech and they have a right to say what they want. For the most part, they’re right. But the freedom of speech comes with a responsibility to use it wisely. Yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater isn’t protected because there is actual physical harm that can come from it. Granted, calling the late Senator McCain a douchebag won’t usually cause physical damage (unless you say it to the face of a McCain supporter who is a former Marine and is now an MMA fighter), but it isn’t advisable unless you want to be seen as the douchebag you called the late Senator.

Of course, there are people out there who love to stir up drama because it gets them noticed. Which is what they want. Even negative attention is attention to them, which feeds their egos and sustains them like a parasite. These people can be hard to ignore because they play on your emotions to garner a passionate/vitriolic response. This cycle continues until one party of this parasitic relationship gives up. These folks are annoying, but ultimately harmless.

The real scary ones are those who aren’t posting to rile someone up, but actually think their poorly-thought-out ideas are intellectual gold. Everyone from New York Times reporters to the teenage girl down the street have had moments where they posted something and then wondered why people didn’t like them. These are the types of social media users who have made me think humanity is doomed.

And there are many more of them than there are of the posters looking to get a rise out of people. Here’s how bad it’s gotten. People literally have to take time out of their days to try to figure out if someone’s being serious. When you can’t tell the difference between a joke and reality, it’s time to admit we have an issue. And the issue is we have people with egos hopped up on steroids and the self-awareness of damp wash cloth.

This is going to come as a shock, but I believe not everything I think needs to have a platform because I have had some really dumb ideas. Wanting to date a semi-attractive drug addict? That was me. Thinking a woman with severe mental issues might be a good fit for me? Yep, that was me. Thinking the whole Mighty Morphin Power Rangers thing was just a fad? You got it!

As a result, I’ve learned when to express myself and when to just think what I want to say. It’s kept me safe and employed for a number of years, so I say it’s working out pretty well. We need to take the same approach to social media and communications technology because there is always an audience somewhere who might stumble upon our musings and take offense. (Granted, that happens these days with the frequency of a Starbucks customer getting overcharged, but the point stands.) Behind every Twitter handle, Facebook status, or Instagram account there is a human being with feelings, ideas, and desires that may differ from yours, so it’s important to weigh your words carefully before sending them out to the world. Once you hit Send, it’s eternal.

In the world of social media, it’s better to be smart than quick.

Online Communities

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Facebook has ruined online communities. Everyone has flocked to this medium that takes total control away from the community it is supposed to serve and puts that control into the hands of corporate sponsorships aka advertisers.

Back in the early days of the internet there were a multitude of communities. Each community, no matter the subject, had their own forum and chat. The forum was hosted on their domain website while chat was on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Sometimes on a major IRC network, other times on a smaller one that had less crazy controls.

Fortunately some online communities keep their distance from Facebook and other so-called social media sites that force regulations that cannot be controlled by the community on them. These are the communities that will survive the eventual decline of social media sites.

With a forum, you can control who comes, what the see, and your privacy policy doesn’t change constantly forcing the users to change their settings every few months. It is a far better system. And if you have live chat and can’t find an IRC network to your liking, you can always toss up your own.

Site Updates

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Hello good readers. We have created an official Twitter account for the blog to separate it out from the owner or authors personal Twitter accounts.

You can now follow the blog via Twitter @Blog_SAB. We encourage everyone to follow us to keep updated on new posts, comments, and the latest happenings with the blog.

We are also working on building a Facebook page as well. This will just be informational, you will not be able to post comments to the Facebook page. All comments should be posted directly to the blog itself.

Social Media

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There are a ton of social media sites out on the internet now days. We have Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Flickr, DeviantArt, Foursquare, Google+, Identi.ca, Instagram, and MySpace, just to name a few. There are many more than these.

Some are designed and targeted to specific interest groups while others are more generalized. Some have apps and file sharing while others are just text based. And everything in between.

I have accounts on several of the sites I listed above. Some are very inactive accounts as I haven’t looked at them or updated anything on them in years. And some social media sites I just visit without being a member and browse the postings without leaving any of my own.

The goal of social media is to have virtual interactions like we would have in real life. One-on-one or in groups settings. Be it games, general chit-chat, or business collaboration. Even blogs like this one are a form of social media as they encourage interaction between users and visitors.

The most common complaints against today’s social media sites are on the topics of privacy/security, censorship, and content ownership. And sometimes they are just a time suck. Facebook is hit quite often with these types of complaints.

But there are alternatives to these social media sites where the issues of privacy/security, censorship, and content ownership are greatly reduced. And these alternatives have been around far longer than the term “social media”. In fact social media has really been around since the infancy of the internet. And many of these ancient alternative social media forms are still in use today. Even by you right now.

E-mail (electronic mail) is the oldest form of social media. One-on-one and group conversations are all possible. Files can be shared, edited, and re-shared again. And it is generally very private. You don’t have to worry about another friend who wasn’t included accidentally seeing your e-mail post.

IRC (internet relay chat) is also an early form of social media. And like e-mail it’s still very much around. Even if you currently participate in some fancy web-based text chatroom it might be IRC driving it behind the scenes. With IRC you have a lot of control on who you let into your chat and who you do not.

Both IRC and e-mail predate webpages. There was no world wide web on the internet when people started with e-mail and they were chatting on IRC. The last early form of social media had it’s birth after the web came into being. It was the start of the internet as we know it today. These are online forums. With forums groups could interact with one another and individuals could also have private conversations as well. Pictures, documents, and other files could also be shared and downloaded just as they are today. And forum administrators could setup private boards that only it’s users could see.

So social media has been around for a long time. From the very birth of the internet. It’s outward forms have changed over the years but many of the oldest are still around. I am a member of a couple of online forums that date back more than 10 years. And they are still going on today. If you don’t care for the current incarnations of social media try the grandparents that started it all.